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LDS Church issues statement regarding overturned Utah marriage amendment

Published: Friday, Sept. 4 2015 8:34 a.m. MDT

The LDS Church issued a statement Wednesday regarding traditional marriage.  (Shutterstock) The LDS Church issued a statement Wednesday regarding traditional marriage. (Shutterstock)

Following the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling Wednesday that Utah cannot deny citizens a marriage license or refuse to recognize their marriage based on gender, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement.

"The Church has been consistent in its support of marriage between a man and a woman and teaches that all people should be treated with respect. In anticipation that the case will be brought before the U.S. Supreme Court, it is our hope that the nation’s highest court will uphold traditional marriage," according to mormonnewsroom.org.

The LDS Church is among five religious organizations that filed an amicus brief in February outlining why each believes "marriage between a man and a woman is sanctioned by God as the right and best setting for bearing and raising children."

The state of Utah plans to appeal Wednesday's ruling, which is available as a PDF. Read more about the ruling here: "Utah cannot deny right to marry based on gender, appeals court rules"

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